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Antibiotic Stewardship: Advances in Practice, based on interviews with expert sources, provides the latest information on the critical need and the expected benefits of stewardship programs to rein in the misuse and overuse of life-saving antimicrobials. The White House recently issued an unprecedented national strategy to beat back the scourge of multidrug resistant bacteria. The plan calls for an array of federal agencies to use regulations, incentives and penalties to establish antibiotic stewardship programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics has been selecting out drug-resistant bacterial strains for decades and we are starting to see the first wave of untreatable infections. Judicious use of the antibiotics left – antibiotic stewardship – is needed to buy time to develop new drugs, rapid tests, and implement other strategies at home and abroad.
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